Sandra Pearson, Assistant Principal Librarian

The New York Philharmonic

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Biography
Sandra Pearson

Sandra Pearson, Assistant Principal Librarian of the New York Philharmonic, received her B.M. in bassoon at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a student of Richard Lottridge, and earned a Master of Music degree at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a student of William Winstead. Her previous professional affiliations include the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra.

She was the Acting Assistant Principal Librarian for the New York Philharmonic during the 1998-99 season and the only person to have had the official title of Librarian for the Boston Pops. She has worked not only with a long list of classical artists, but with a diverse group of performers and celebrities, ranging from Cab Calloway and Conan O’Brien to The Manhattan Transfer and The Flying Karamazov Brothers.

Ms. Pearson has extensive music librarian and preparation experience on more than 100 recording and television projects, including the recording sessions for the Oscar-winning motion picture Saving Private Ryan. Ms. Pearson’s other interests include kayaking, hiking, reading, crossword puzzling, skiing, and volunteering for Planned Parenthood, the ASPCA and Humane Societies.

“My earliest musical memory was watching 'Evening at Pops' on television while eating Swanson’s TV dinners. I loved it.”

Q&A with Sandra Pearson
Sandra Pearson, Assistant Principal Librarian

THE FACTS: Born in Madison, Wisconsin. Bachelor’s degree in bassoon, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, studying with Richard Lottridge; master’s degree, Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music, a student of William Winstead. Prior to the Philharmonic: Librarian, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Acting Principal Librarian for the New York Philharmonic in the 1998–99 season. Prepared more than 50 recording, television, and film projects, including Saving Private Ryan. At the Philharmonic: Joined in September 1999.

DESCRIBE YOUR JOB AT THE PHILHARMONIC: The librarians are responsible for the accuracy, clarity, organization, and distribution of all music performed by the Orchestra, including chamber works, and music used for auditions. It requires knowledge of ranges, transpositions, and the sometimes arcane notational conventions for all instruments of the orchestra.

EARLIEST MUSICAL MEMORY: Watching Evening at Pops on television while eating Swanson’s TV dinners. I loved it. Who ever thought I would be working on that show later in life!

WHEN DID YOU TAKE UP AN INSTRUMENT? I started on the piano in second grade, took up the bassoon in sixth grade, and subsequently learned lots of wind and brass instruments. About five years ago I got the itch to take up bassoon again after a 12-year hiatus.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO LIBRARY WORK? In high school I helped out in the band room, and in college I worked as librarian for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. I basically learned on the job, especially in Cincinnati — in both the classical and pop repertoires.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT WITH THE ORCHESTRA: My first Parks concert in 1999 looking out over the Great Lawn in Central Park. It's twilight, with the silhouetted skyline to the south accompanied by Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

ARE THERE MUSICIANS IN YOUR FAMILY? My mother is a pianist and organist, my grandfather was a violinist, my dad played trombone, my brothers are percussionists, and one of my sisters plays the piano. I have many happy childhood memories of a house filled with love and music.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING TO RECENTLY? Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy, Barber's Summer Music, and Bob Belden's Black Dahlia

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK? Reading, crosswords, cooking, traveling, watching movies, enjoying art, and volunteering

As of September 2013

 

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